Boring or beautiful, simple or complicated, elegant or cluttered… My creativity these days seems strained. While I work through the projects in their simplicity on the development I find myself struggling more on choosing the appropriate color pallet, typography, and flow than on any of the actual development. I have quickly come to find out that my overall UX abilities need work. Rather than allowing scope creep to hinder my completion I renounce my design dreams and focus on the user stories (MVP minimal viable product).
I was happy to read the article by Tanner Christenson at https://medium.freecodecamp.com/how-to-talk-about-your-side-projects-18b96f192817#.at1bwrys2 and stumble upon one of his tweets https://twitter.com/tannerc/status/840244877032071170 on “The five books you should read to learn more about creativity” (He has authored his own book as well). As I continue to learn and grow as a developer I now have an additional determination to ensure I focus on tending to my creative inspiration as much as I do the code.
Any tips, tricks, or books on design is appreciated.
I found an interesting website on various design portfolios I thought I would share: http://www.creativebloq.com/portfolios/examples-712368.
Developing things is amazing, but without the right look and feel a great application may simply sit on the shelf.